CfIA Receives New Cyber Security Education Grant

Posted on 2017-09-17

The Center for Information Assurance has been awarded a $206K CAE Cyber Security Workforce Education Grant to develop interactive, hands-on exercises to integrate into cyber security curricula.

Funded through the National Security Agency, the CAE program seeks to expand the national cyber security workforce in terms of both growth and workforce readiness.  The tools developed by CfIA will contribute to students' ability to apply tactical knowledge to cyber security practice.

From the cyber security undergraduate program, two courses have been identified to implement these interactive exercises.  The interactive tool will be web-based, allowing it to be accessed by both private and public organizations as well as U of M students.

The project will be led by Prof. Dipankar Dasgupta, founding director of the Center for Information Assurance, which is a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE-IAE) and Research (CAE-R).  As part of the project, CfIA will also host Cyber Security Workforce Workshops and community outreach activities to create a cyber security pathway that integrates academic and experiential learning.  These workshops will be available to the public during the fall of 2018.